Commercial Law World - Issue 1, 2018 - 5
CLLA Around Town
Chicago Anew - Don't Miss Chicago in the Early Summer
CLLA National Conference co-hosted by IACC * June 6-9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois
by Marc J. Bressler, Esq., CLLA President
The Commercial Law League of America's
annual meeting will be in Chicago this year.
There are many exciting things happening
with the League, so pay attention. First we
Bobby A. Bernstein
will be joined at our annual meeting by the
Bernstein & Bernstein P.A.
IACC. We will not meet at the Westin this
President's Cup winner
year. The Conference will relocate to the
Southern Region Past-Chair
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent
Creditors' Rights Section
Mile. The Conference will occur at a
beautiful time of year in Chicago, June 6-9.
An exciting schedule of programs awaits,
Bobby A. Bernstein is a
partner at Bernstin & Bernstein consisting of Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights
P.A. As well as served several
with complex litigation and Agency lectures.
terms on the Executive
meeting will consider both revisions to an
Committee of the Charleston
updated Operating Guide and amendments to
County Bar Association
as past president.
the Life membership status. Both the IACC
and the Young Members' will be hosting
He has been a proud member
of the CLLA since 1992. Bobby special events at this joint conference. You
has served four years on
won't want to miss it.
the Board of the CLLA, and
has served on numerous
Committees of the CLLA.
The meeting is very full. We will start
Wednesday, June 6th, evening with a Welcome
Reception at 5 p.m. Committee meetings
will be held throughout the Conference. I
ask all to look at the agenda and become
involved in a committee for the coming
year. All committees are open to all League
members. You only have to walk into the
meeting. Remember we are all among friends.
The annual luncheon and installation of
new officers is scheduled for Friday. This
luncheon is included in your registration
fee. In addition, the President's Cup will
be presented to Bobby Bernstein of South
The Chicago Conference will also include
a Legislative forum, an update of bankruptcy,
seminars on compliance in the collection
industry, technology and social media
information, a triadic roundtable, a personal
guarantee discussion, and more.
Capitol Hill Day 2018 Review
by Stephen Sather
Combining personal skill
and resolve, Mr. Sather is
known for his imaginative,
academic, and thoughtful
approach. He focuses
his practice primarily on
clients' business bankruptcy,
bankruptcy litigation, and
bankruptcy appeals needs.
Barron & Newburger, P.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wear sensible shoes
was the message of the day as members of the
Commercial Law League of America journeyed
to Capitol Hill to engage in direct democracy
and advance the League's legislative goals. This
year's Hill Day event included members and their
allies from California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Nevada and Texas. The group included Peter
Califano and Beau Hays, who are both former
presidents of CLLA, as well as Lorna Walker, the
current president-elect. The citizen lobbyists met
with their home state legislators as well as House
and Senate Committee staffers.
CLLA sought to advance a three-pronged
legislative agenda, including two pending
bills. The bankruptcy venue team advocated
passage of S. 2282, the Bankruptcy Venue
Reform Act of 2018, sponsored by Sens. John
Cornyn of Texas and Elizabeth Warren of
Massachusetts. The legislation backed by the
two prominent senators would require companies
to file bankruptcy where they are located and
would also eliminate abuses related to affiliate
venue rules. The FDCPA/CFPB team focused
their efforts on H.R. 5082 sponsored by Rep.
Alexander Mooney of West Virginia and Rep.
Vincente Gonzalez of Texas. This bill seeks
to amend the FDCPA to exclude attorneys
engaged in legal proceedings from the definition
of debt collector and to preclude the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau from attempting to
regulate attorneys engaged in legal proceedings.
Finally, the preference reform team sought to
protect creditors who enter into settlement
agreements with debtors, modify the burden of
proof in preference actions and reinforce existing
legislation on venue of small claims.
After a full day of meetings, the CLLA
contingent met back at their home base at the
Hyatt Place hotel to compare notes and prepare
to follow up with the legislator they met.